Harlem United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 18, 2018

International Missions

Harlem UMC travels annually to Nicaragua to send medical, construction, and education teams to help transform the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We stay at El Ayudante, where part of our lodging costs helps support the orphans living on the grounds with food, school supplies, and a safe environment. We participate with Fellowship UMC (Tennessee) and Ringgold UMC in leading the Annual Nicaraguan Teachers' Conference in Leon which draws about 500 teachers who come seeking special training and to further their education. We go to bring help and hope, but the biggest blessing is seeing how our own people are transformed by "those who are poor in the eyes of the world, yet chosen by God to be rich in faith" (my paraphrase of James 2:5). 
Our team working an assembly line for the Nicaraguan Teachers' Conference (each of
he 500 techers receives a gift bag with
personal hygiene items, etc.
David Roberts and other team members
assembling a communion table that was sent in setions to a new church we built.
Rich Wingate with an orphan at our basecamp
called Ayudante (The Helper).
Holly Shearon helping some children with their
These are some of the future leaders of Nicaragua.  The students at our Youth Conference planned a "community service event" to lead fellow students in gathering garbage around their schools and homes.  The Lions Club of Leon promised to provide the tools and garbage bags and dumpster pick-up.